Two in the running for special Ward 2 election

Only two have filed to fill the vacancy in Bemidji’s Ward 2 via a special election, making a secondary election unlikely.

According to city clerk Michelle Miller, Doug Flatness filed yesterday, the last day to file for the special election.

Flatness joins Jaime Thibodeaux in the running.

Thibodeaux ran against Mike Beard in the 2018 election, but fell short of winning the seat by 40-some votes.

Beard resigned earlier this year, citing health concerns as the reason for his stepping down.

The special election will be held Tuesday, May 11 at the Bemidji National Guard Armory, for Ward 2 residents only.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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